Aug 12, 2005
HORSES TO WATCH
By: AMERICAN TURF CLUB
FUSAICHI ROCK STAR: Got his return sprint prep race under his belt on 7/31. Get a look at him
on the stretchout.
GOLIVEWITHLUCKY: Broke slowly in return from a four-month layoff. Can make amends next time
HAINT YOU GRAND: Was stuck in between horses for an extended time in the stretch and
then was bumped and interfered with in deep stretch on 8/3. Can win with clear sailing.
IT WAS MEANT TO BE: Got roughed up at the start and began a bit too far out of it on 8/4. Should
move forward off the claim by Mitchell.
JUSTAFIRECRACKER: Did not break quickly and then rushed up into a battle for the lead and tired in
well-bet return from a year and a half layoff. Too early to give up on him.
MEGABYTE: Still had plenty of run left in him when he checked back in traffic on the second turn
on 7/31. Worth another shot.
MODERN VIEWPOINT: Broke poorly and hit the gate at the start to lose all chance on 7/30.
Toss out that race and try again at a big price.
NAUGHTY LAURA: Lost by 13 lengths as the favorite after getting off to a rough start in return
from a three-month layoff. Try again off the claim by Spawr.
PRESUMPTION: Hustled up into a five-length-gap speed duel and held on for third after his early
challenger tired badly to finish last. Must respect.
RUN REBECCA RUN: Finished a close third after getting hooked in a three-length-gap duel for the
lead. Improving now.
SALTY SALLY: Showed good speed and lost by only 2 1/2-lengths when fourth in return from
a year layoff. Can win second off the layoff.
SNODEN: Got squeezed back at the start in first race of the year on 8/5. Can do better in second off
SPECIAL HEATHER: Got off to a slow start but still outran 18-1 odds for third in return from a year
and a half layoff. Stick with her.
ST. AMAND: Well-bet first starter set fast fractions and tired to mid-pack in debut. Can benefit
from the experience and win off the claim by Hines.
THUNDERING CLOUDS: Finished off the board but was beaten by less than a half-length when claimed
away by Nick Hines on 7/31. Take a shot with new barn.
4STARSPECIAL: ELKTON: Blew away maiden claimers after getting hooked in a five-way duel for the
lead while widest on the turn. Has a bright future in allowance races.
LONGSHOT: NICCOLO DREAM: Got bumped and squeezed back at the start but then finished well
for third at 34-1 in career debut on 8/1. May not be a maiden for long for low-profile barn.
Another Quickie: 2-year-old had to be checked in mid-turn and lost his best chance. $12,5K-claimer
needs 5 1/2-furlongs or more for best.
Bear Hug Slew: This mare can run a bit when properly placed in a n/w-2, $4K-claiming sprint.
Mutuel will be attractive.
Benny G: First route try was excellent. Led most of the way until he was caught by a class-dropper.
Easily held the place.
Definitelydiamonds: 2-year-old filly was steadied twice in debut to lose her best chance. Believe
she has a bright future.
Designed for Gold: Lightly raced 3-year-old filly needs more distance. Best fit is a 6 1/2-furlong,
$7,5K maiden claimer.
Maxiqueen: 2-year-old debuter had excellent early speed before tiring slightly. It won’t take much
improvement to put her in the winners’ circle.
No Giveaway: Went from last-to-first in the 6 1/2-furlong Governor’s Handicap which sets him up
as a longshot play in the Aug. 21st, Grade III, Longacres Mile.
Pazhalsta: 7-year-old raced blocked down the lane. He was claimed back by the Ross barn for
$2,5K more than they lost him for on June 19th.
Tusko T.: Beat his soft entrymate, Courting Seattle by a widening 3/4ths of a length in the Emerald
Express Stakes. Will be the deserved favorite in an Aug. 20th stakes race.
War Alert: 2-year-old maiden was hammered from both sides while in gate 9 at 4 1/2-furlongs.
Give him a chance from an inside gate in a race with more distance.
4STARSPECIAL: Summer Symphony: Replacement rider may have moved this filly a little too soon
in the Boeing Handicap. Try her again in the August 21st, Emerald B.C. Distaff if Gary Baze rides.
LONGSHOT: Roostas Rastus: When a bottom claimer is run at 1 1/8th, this guy will show his
best stuff. Shorter routes will probably produce an in-the-money finish.
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